What Is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes ‘recycling’ but goes beyond recycling by taking a ‘whole system’ approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society. Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired…

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Five Eco-Friendly Things to Do This Spring

Spring is finally coming! I can see my first bulbs springing up, the buds on the Magnolia’s are getting more robust and I have spotted several Robin Red Breasts flitting around my garden. On Friday the kids and I actually cleaned the patio furniture off and hung out in the garden blowing bubbles and dreaming…

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The Clean Bin Project – New Westminster

The Clean Bin Project has partnered with the Royal City Farmers Market for a screening in New West! February 5th at Holy Trinity Cathedral will be a great night in New Westminster for anyone interested in reducing their waste, contributing to their personal health, and networking with other like-minded folks. The Royal City Farmers Market…

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Forbidden Knowledge TV

Next World TV, created by Bibi Farber. This clip is an inspiring story about the past and the kind of future that is a viable, sustainable one for humanity. Bibi calls it “Paradise on Earth — a 300 year old food forest in Vietnam. 28 generations have shared in developing this spectacularly lush environment, that…

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Green New Years Resolutions

Save money without spending a dime It’s easier than it sounds to save money while being green: unplug electronic equipment you aren’t using; turn off the lights; lower your heat and wear an extra sweater. Switching from chemical cleaners to homemade baking soda/vinegar combos can save you $600 a year, and taking public transportation saves…

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Glenbrook North Zero Waste Final Report

Hello all – Our final report is completed and submitted to Metro Vancouver. If you would like more information about how we did, some of our stories and successes please take a read. We are all very proud of our accomplishments. We will continue to update our blog with related information and from time to…

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Portland’s Garbage and Recycling System

Portland has an interesting approach: Residential Garbage and Recycling System Residential garbage and recycling service in Portland is provided by franchised garbage and recycling companies, each of which is assigned specific service areas. Rates for residential service are set by the City of Portland. Commercial Garbage and Recycling System Commercial garbage and recycling service operates…

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Be Green this Christmas

For many, Christmas is a time to pull out all the stops when it comes to gift-giving. Malls and shopping centers fill to bursting with consumers looking to empty their wallets and carry home piles of gadgets, clothes and toys. With growing awareness of the problem of global warming and the risks involved with burning…

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Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Winter Damage

Canada’s harsh climate is often responsible for severe damage to landscape plants. Winter sun, wind, and cold temperatures can bleach and desiccate evergreen foliage, damage bark, and injure or kill branches, flowerbuds, and roots. Snow and ice can break branches and topple entire trees. Salt used for deicing streets, sidewalks, and parking lots is harmful…

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Safety Razor vs Straight Razor

Have you ever given a thought to why do men shave? Considering that there is no medical reason behind this daily ritual undertaken by them, the main reason could be that they want to appear presentable, especially in front of women. A close shave adds to the sex appeal of a man. No wonder they…

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